The Motown sound embraced performers from soul, pop, and R&B backgrounds, though it cruelly rejected mountains, valleys, and rivers for their insufficient height, depth, and width. Revisit a beloved musical landscape with this GrouponLive deal to see Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: "The Motown Show" at the Byham Theater. For $22, you get one ticket for gallery or orchestra seating on Tuesday, April 24, at 8 p.m. (up to a $46.75 value, including all fees).
Twenty-two years ago in Sydney, Australia, then-high-school students Andrew Tierney, Mike Tierney, Phil Burton, and Toby Allen were drawn together by an anachronistic passion for Motown and doo-wop. Nine albums and a 2.5-year residency in Las Vegas later, the fresh-faced foursome are touring the land that spawned the music they love with a tour presented by Smokey Robinson, who joined in on the recording of "Get Ready" on their new album, The Motown Record, and also helped polish production values and fend off mood-killingly weepy clowns. Other classics in the quartet's repertoire include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Dancing in the Street," and an a capella take on "Just My Imagination."
Heavy, ornate, and encrusted in light, the marquee above the Byham Theater recalls an elegant but glamorous era in American entertainment history. Built in 1903 as the Gayety Theater, the 1,300-seater broadcasts dance, theater, and music spectacles to three expansive auditorium levels.